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The terrain of Alberta is mostly that of the great Canadian prairies. It’s where farms on gently rolling hills yield vast crops of canola, wheat and beef. It’s where lots of oil is pumped from the ground — part of the rich dinosaur heritage of the region.
This past summer I spent several days driving around the central part of the province, between the major cities of Calgary and Edmonton, exploring small towns and destinations I’d not yet seen. Here’s a sampler of what that’s like:
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The great Canadian prairies (and their American counterparts) grow a lot of food. More food than can be consumed in either country and which is then transported to destinations all around our hungry world. The Canadian prairies extend from Alberta in the west, to Saskatchewan, to Manitoba in the east.
While driving across the prairies to visit my father in Winnipeg this past year, I made a point of randomly turning up a country road or two, driving a few miles to see what was there.
One turn lead to field of corn. Corn is not that common a crop on the prairies and this likely would end up as feed corn for livestock (less likely for consumption in nearby Winnipeg …
I just returned from a short but very pleasant visit to southern Ontario. After attending a meeting in Toronto, I visited my dear cousin who lives on the Niagara peninsula for a few days. She was a excellent tour guide and shared many great sights, including this one.
The Niagara peninsula is well know for its fruit orchards and vineyards, but it also has a substantial nursery business, like this field of roses near St. Catherines. On a gray misty morning, it was a most beautiful sight!
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